A cookie is a small text file that stores Internet settings. Almost every website uses cookie technology. The cookie is downloaded by your Internet browser the first time you visit a website. The next time you visit this website with the same terminal device, the cookie and the information in it are either sent back to the originating website (first-party cookie) or to another website to which it belongs (third-party cookie). By that, the website can detect that it has already been opened using this browser, and in some cases it will then vary the content it shows. Some cookies are extremely useful as they are able to improve the user experience when you return to a website that you have already visited several times before. Provided you are using the same device and the same browser as on previous visits, cookies remember features such as your preferences when you use a page and adapt what is offered so that it better suits your personal interests and requirements. Cookies can be divided into four categories according to their function and purpose: strictly necessary cookies, performance cookies, functional cookies and cookies for marketing purposes.
We typically use both session ID cookies and persistent cookies. We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our sites. A session cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time, and can be used when you return to our site to help identify you or allow you to log in, or on other third-party sites to communicate to you via online-marketing channels. These cookies can be controlled at the individual browser level. If you decide to activate the cookie or disable a cookie, you may still visit our Websites, but the ability to use some features may be limited.
You can delete all cookies already stored on your computer and set most browsers to prevent cookies from being stored on your device. However, in this case, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit the website and some services and features may not work, also this may affect your use of the services available via the website. The actions to be performed depend on the type of the browser you use. The browser may be set separately for each device you use.
Strictly necessary cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided – for example, remembering previous actions (e.g. entered text) when navigating back to a page in the same session.
Performance cookies gather information about how a website is used – for example, which pages a visitor opens most often, and whether the user receives error messages from some pages. These cookies do not save information that would allow the user to be identified. The collected information is aggregated, and therefore made anonymous. These cookies are used exclusively to improve the performance of the website, and with it the user experience.
Functionality cookies enable a website to save information which has already been entered (such as user names, languages choices, and your location), so that it can offer you improved and more personalised functions. For example, a website can offer you local, price-relevant tax information if it uses a cookie to remember the region in which you are currently located. Functional cookies are also used to enable features you request such as playing videos. These cookies collect anonymous information and cannot track your movements on other websites.
Cookies for marketing purposes are used to display advertisements to users that are more targeted and adapted to their interests. They are also used to limit the frequency with which an advertisement appears and measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They register whether a person has visited a website or not. This information may be shared with third parties, e.g. advertisers. Cookies for improving target group appeal and advertising are often linked with page functionalities of third-party providers.